Women's Basketball

Joens named to Naismith Trophy Midseason List

Ashley Joens

The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State Athletic Communications.

ATLANTA – Iowa State women’s basketball sophomore Ashley Joens was named to the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy Midseason List for the Women’s Player of the Year. Joens’ appearance on the list is the first of the season as she was not included on the initial watch list of 50 players.

Joens has had a tremendous start to her sophomore campaign, averaging 21.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She is the only player in the nation averaging 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She has been a double-double machine this season, collecting 13 double-doubles on the season. Joens has been named Big 12 Player of the Week five times, while no other Big 12 player has claimed the honor more than twice. Joens also earned espnW, National Player of the week after a 41-point performance against Wright State.

Joens is one of just three Big 12 players to make the Midseason Top-30, joining Baylor’s Lauren Cox and NaLyssa Smith.

The 10 semifinalists will be announced on March 3, and the finalists will be revealed on March 20. The winner of the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year will be announced on April 4.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.